Premises Liability in Georgia
Securing fair and full compensation for victims harmed on other people’s property
Bell Law Firm has a team of experts who specialize in handling the most complex legal cases, including premises liability cases. Whether a severe slip and fall, negligent security incident, or other injury caused by unsafe conditions, Bell Law Firm can help you navigate the legal process and secure the compensation you deserve. We help victims and their families offset the burdens they face due to the profound and lasting impacts of catastrophic injuries.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners or occupiers responsible for injuries or accidents that occur on their premises due to their negligence or failure to maintain a safe environment. This area of law is typically associated with personal injury cases, and it revolves around the duty of care that property owners owe to individuals who enter their property.
Premises liability cases can involve various types of properties, including residential homes, commercial buildings, public spaces, and more
What are the elements of a premises liability case?
The key elements of premises liability cases often include:
1. Duty of Care: Property owners or occupiers have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for those legally on the property.
2. Breach of Duty: A breach of the duty of care occurs when the property owner or occupier fails to take reasonable steps to prevent hazards or dangers on the property.
3. Causation: The injured party must show that their injury was directly caused by the property owner’s negligence or breach of duty.
4. Damages: The injured party must demonstrate that they suffered actual damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other losses, as a result of the accident.
What are the most common premises liability injuries and cases?
Common examples of premises liability cases include slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, dog bites, negligent security leading to assault or injury, and injuries caused by unsafe conditions like broken stairs, inadequate lighting, or slippery floors. The specific legal standards and requirements for premises liability cases can vary by jurisdiction, but the basic principles remain constant. Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe conditions; when they fail, they can be held liable for resulting injuries or damages.
What is the difference between premises liability and personal injury?
Think of premises liability as a subset of negligence cases, with the key distinction being that premises liability deals explicitly with injuries and accidents on someone’s property. In contrast, negligence is a broader concept that can apply to various situations where a duty of care is owed – like in a medical setting.
How do I know if I have a premises liability case?
Determining whether you have a premises liability case involves evaluating the circumstances of your injury or accident on someone else’s property. To help you determine if you have a valid claim, consider the following:
- Duty of Care: Assess whether the property owner or occupier owed you a duty of care. In most cases, if you were lawfully on the property, the property owner or occupier likely owed you a duty of care to maintain a reasonably safe environment.
- Negligence: Consider whether the property owner or occupier failed to meet their duty of care by acting negligently. This could include failing to address known hazards, not maintaining the property, or not providing adequate warnings about dangers.
- Unsafe Conditions: Identify any unsafe conditions or hazards on the property that contributed to your injury. Common examples include wet floors, uneven walkways, broken stairs, inadequate lighting, or unsecured animals.
- Causation: Determine if there is a clear connection between the property owner’s negligence or the unsafe conditions and your injuries.
- Damages: Document and gather evidence of the damages you suffered from the incident. This may include medical records, medical bills, lost wages, and any other costs or losses you incurred.
- Consult an Attorney: It’s advisable to consult a personal injury attorney who specifies in premises liability cases, like Bell Law Firm. An experienced attorney can assess the specifics of your situation, help you understand your rights, and provide guidance on your case.
How are premises liability lawsuits resolved?
Premises liability lawsuits can be resolved in several ways, with the specific outcome depending on the circumstances of the case, the evidence presented, and the parties involved. The majority of these cases are settled before going to trial. If no settlement is reached, the premises liability case may proceed to trial, where both parties present their evidence and arguments, and a judge or jury determines the outcome. Even if your goal is to settle the case outside of the courtroom, it’s smart to work with an attorney who has extensive trial experience if it gets to that point.
How to choose the best premises liability lawyer
If you or a loved one has sustained a significant injury on someone else’s property due to negligence, we know how overwhelming it can be to find the right attorney for your case. The lawyer you work with is an important decision that will impact the success of your case, ongoing financial stability, and rehabilitation options. Here are a few places to start in your decision-making process.
Bell Law Firm is ready to help you receive full and fair compensation. If you believe you have a premises liability case, do not delay in contacting Bell Law Firm for a free consultation. Call us today at 404-249-6768 or email email@example.com for a free consultation.